Your New Puppy
Here are some tips on preparing for your new puppy.
The supplies you will need:
- pet food
- stainless steel food and water bowls
- a collar and leash (a harness works great, too)
- a travel crate and a wire crate for home
- stain remover for "accidents"
- brush and comb
- puppy shampoo, toothbrush and paste
- chew and play toys
- nail clippers
- treats (puppy biscuits, etc.)
Take your new puppy to the veterinarian as soon as possible after
bringing him home. The vet will set up the necessary vaccination
A new puppy is like an infant. They require a lot of quiet rest time, in
addition to exercise and playtime. Make sure he gets at least 30 minutes
of exercise and playtime each day.
Your puppy will do a lot of chewing while cutting teeth, so be sure to
give him a good supply of chew toys, and praise him for chewing on them.
If he chews on something he isn't supposed to, tell him "no" and
give him his chew toys.
Make your home safe for the puppy. Treat your puppy the same as you
would an infant. Supervise him at all times. A young puppy will need to
urinate after eating, drinking, sleeping or playing. If he has an
accident don't punish him, but do praise him every time he goes to the
bathroom in the proper place.
Feed your puppy the same well-balanced diet at the same times every day.
Immediately after feeding him, take him to the area you have selected as
a toilet area. Use the same command every time. Once again, praise him
when he goes in the toilet area.
Love and respect your puppy. Keep him clean and well groomed. Have your
puppy spayed or neutered if you don't plan to breed him. Provide regular
veterinary care (at least one visit per year). Have your puppy
microchipped for the best kind of identification. Train him to obey and
have good manners. Be sure to socialize your puppy with people and other
Crate training is a wonderful
way to housebreak your puppy. It can be very effective.
The following links will provide you additional information on crate
training your puppy.